Pray for Marriage

We are called to a day of fasting and prayer today for marriage and religious freedom. 

I think this is an excellent way for us to clear our minds and settle down into this new post Christian reality in which we live. We can no longer look to the larger culture to teach our children our values. We can no longer look to the society around us to give us courage and sustain us in our Christian walk. 

In this new reality, Christians are going to have to look to one another for their support in this life. We all must rely more on God and less on the government and our larger society to be our strength and our guide. 

I don’t think this has sunk in on most of us yet. Prayer and fasting, repentance and asking, are the best ways for us to begin to face this new reality. 

Here is a prayer from the USCCB. I plan to pray it several times today, along with the Divine Mercy Chaplet. 

Prayer In Defense Of Marriage

 

God our Father, we give you thanks
for the gift of marriage: the bond of life and love,
and the font of the family. 

The love of husband and wife enriches your Church with children,
fills the world with a multitude of spiritual fruitfulness and service,
and is the sign of the love of your Son, Jesus Christ, for his Church.

The grace of Jesus flowed forth at Cana at the
request of the Blessed Mother. May your Son,
through the intercession of Mary, pour out upon us
a new measure of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
as we join with all people of good will
to promote and protect the unique beauty of marriage.

May your Holy Spirit enlighten our society
to treasure the heroic love of husband and wife,
and guide our leaders to sustain and protect
the singular place of mothers and fathers
in the lives of their children.

Father, we ask that our prayers
be joined to those of the Virgin Mary,
that your Word may transform our service
so as to safeguard the incomparable splendor of marriage.
We ask all these things through Christ our Lord,
Amen.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.


 


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  • pagansister

    Rebecca, I know that many of those of the Catholic faith find the Supreme Court’s decisions this past week disturbing. IMO, those dedicated to any faith will continue to raise their children in it and pray that they will continue it when they “grow up”. I think that is all any parents can do. My husband and I raised our children in a faith, a liberal one yes, but left it to them to make up their minds as they matured. My children were also introduced to their grandparents Methodist faith. My parents left it up to my sisters and me, as we got older, and before we left home, to do the same. Children face decisions every day. As they mature, in this world of instant communication, they will continue to have to make life judgements, just as we had to growing up in a slightly slower world. Those that deeply believe will continue to do so, and those that have questions, may resolve them and continue in it and some will leave for another religion or leave religion entirely. Personally, I don’t think those decisions will harm anyone. Each individual must determine their future in a lot of ways, and religious beliefs is just one of them.


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